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What is Intentional Contemplation

Intentional Contemplation is the disciplined art of just sitting. It is what we should be doing when we practice the simple popular saying of "Be Still and Know God". The stiller we are, the more we know God, and there is no more refined and subtle perception, or 'thing to be known'.

This "Knowledge", or "Knowing" of God, is the direct experiential knowledge referred to by the Mystics and scholars as "Gnosis". It is more immediately available than your next breath and nothing makes your body feel better. The capacity to remain alert to this 'knowing' and increase oneself in balanced self-supported perception increases with practice. It is the practice of self-knowledge through direct perception. All prophets and teachers have praised this practice highly.

It is the full body realization and acceptance of the oneness of God (Al-llah!) in all His manifestations, and the non-existence of a separate, isolated self - that there is no separation, except in the imaginations of the mind. This realization (be not content with conceptualization) of the oneness of God is God-realization in its fullest and the total annihilation of the lower, per-sonally motivated self. It is inevitable, and nothing less is acceptable. It is also Bliss and the re-alization of Nirvana and all other words denoting the divinity of our reality.

What does this knowing do?

We do not objectify this knowledge. We are interested more in the process that it reveals. Since life is known to be a journey, it is more beneficial to us to know how to travel it than to know where it ends. When Gnosis, or "Divine perception of Divine perception" dawns upon us, as it will and must through the
contemplation of this intention, it does not serve us to objectify it and return to our ordinary everyday objective, goal-oriented thinking, which will be our tendency. The actuality of "knowing" provides for us a break in the work of 'trying' to know, which can feel scary sometimes. But the traveling never stops, only our conscious perception of it chooses to waver toward objects, hence "objectification".

How it Heals

Knowledge of God, once attained and certified, provides a solid basis for trust in the processes of life. We simply "know" that we cannot get lost, and we Know" from where we originate and unto where we are returning. This "knowing" of the so-called "ultimate" reality, as said before, provides a trustworthy basis for traveling the inward journey to conscious awareness of our lives and the events that caused our misperceptions. Accepting them as past allows for the possibility of their being "unreal" in the present and loosens their predictability, their power of determining the outcome of our moments. This in turn frees our consciousness from the focus of fear to the infinite possibilities of freedom in a life of more that infinite possibilities. Exploring possibilities without necessity or urgency is the freedom of life itself.

Reality speaks for itself, and transmission is of teaching and certainty. It is a felt, and often verbal confirmation, and only necessary in and for teaching lineages. What happens is that the teachers in lineage can only confirm those that they see and have experienced as truly knowing that which they confirm. But the potential for mastery abounds in the hearts of all alive, and those who dedicate themselves to it have already attained it, which means they know that in Surrender to 'What Is' there is nothing to attain. For how could you dedicate yourself to something that is not there. Do you need it to 'know'? No! Do you need it to know you know? Also not. One needs only to know that this knowing is available. If you trust your experience, and trust the source of your experience, what more do you need?

Huike comes to Bodhidharma and says, "Your disciple's mind has no peace as yet. I beg you Master, please put it to rest." And Bodhidharma replies, "Bring me your mind, and I'll put it to rest." Well, after practicing with this question for a long time, Huike finally returns and says, "I have searched for my mind, but I cannot find it." And Bodhidharma says, "I have completely put it to rest for you." (Many thanks to OrdinayMind.com -> Dharma Talks ->Doubt )

The Practice of Intentional Contemplation

Intentional Contemplation as a healing practice is not exactly the same as Zazen as a Path to Realization, nor is it the same as meditation as a clearing and balancing practice, although it incorporates both of these desired goals and practices and can be used for those intentions as well as many others such as manifestation, relationship building, understanding children, and many others. Intentional Contemplation is above all a power practice (or an empowerment practice) enabling a relaxed and instantaneous analysis of any situation and a trustworthy reliable response, and the power can be used for any benevolent intention, most notably, those of healing, self-control and aiding others.

Intentional Contemplation as a healing practice takes into account an active, willing and engaging participation and interest in many of the mental images that arise, rather than a simple dismissal based on a desire for realization or the desire to live in peace and not investigate. In that regard it has its relationship to personal healing, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Intentional Contemplation as a healing practice is certainly no escape mechanism even though it is, so let me explain.  It's no escape mechanism because the realized realize that there is no escape nor is escape what is desired. What is desired is the capacity to deal with that which others (including ourselves) might want to escape from.

Nevertheless, Intentional Contemplation is the Ideal escape mechanism in that our ability to step back (a half step) and instantly objectively identify and analyze a problem or difficulty from a safe and reliable point of reference (yes, even in the heat of battle), is of inestimable value for personal success. Imagine if we are transcended already, how much easier it is to be involved, than if we are feeling hopelessly and inextricably involved and desiring only transcendence (i.e. escape). (See "Freedom from Freedom)

And no one has yet said that realization or enlightenment gets 'rid of' problems in our lives. It is firmly stated, however, that God-realization is a solid and successful basis for dealing with whatever circumstance may transpire. It is not a guarantee of isolation from difficulty, but again, a basis for successful navigation. And indeed, we do negotiate with ourselves and with God (in the form of our daily reality) every day. Are we surrendered and accepting, or are we still struggling to have it "our way"?

The Healing Power of Intentional Contemplation (How and why it Works!)

Briefly, when coupled with an easy to learn breathing technique, the tranquility of Intentional Contemplation is sufficient to shut down the overstimulated sympathetic/responsive nervous system entirely, allowing for the full natural and unimpeded function of the parasympathetic system. The parasympathetic is the system that regulates normal bodily function and its process of development and function can and must be interrupted and impeded upon sufficient stimulation of the sympathetic system.

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